St. Mary's has been showing mettle in one-goal games

Seahawks' 3-1 record in one-goal decisions outpaced team's combined 2-3 mark in previous three seasons

April 18, 2013|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

St. Mary’s is in the midst of one of the program’s best seasons since Chris Hasbrouck became the head coach prior to the 2009 campaign, and one of the key factors has been the team’s success in one-goal games.

The Seahawks (9-5 overall and 4-1 in the Capital Athletic Conference) are 3-1 in one-goal decisions in 2013. The last time the team thrived this well in one-goal games was Hasbrouck’s debut year when that squad also went 3-1. In the three years between 2009 and 2013, St. Mary’s compiled a combined record of 2-3 in one-goal decisions.

Hasbrouck said he has seen the players’ perseverance emerge this season.

“That’s part of learning how to win,” he said Wednesday. “Those games are tough. They’re brutal when you lose them, and you need to find a way to win, and that’s what these guys have been doing. I thought in some of those games, we really played much better than the score was indicative of. That’s part of our opponents not giving up, and I think teams feel that we can be beat. So we have to give our best effort every game. Winning the close games is a great character builder. I don’t look at it as we hung on to win the game. We did what we had to do to win those games, and that’s character-building, and it’s a program learning to win at a high level. That’s what we’re looking to accomplish.”

It takes a certain confidence and poise to secure a one-goal victory, and Hasbrouck said he hopes those wins can pay dividends down the road.

“We’ve been there in a lot of games,” he said. “I think our biggest thing was our consistency. That’s something that as a program trying to find its identity, everyone wants to be in the NCAA tournament. That’s the goal for every coach. But it’s tough to break into that club, and we’re scratching and clawing. To find a way to win those games at the end is huge, and we’ve been getting it from a number of different people. It hasn’t been one or two guys. I look at our scoring, and we’ve got very balanced scoring across the board. … But we’re also not going to go away. I think that’s the main thing.”

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